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Tasmania reports 513 new virus infections

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Tasmania has experienced a rise in daily coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, reporting 513 new infections.

Tuesday’s figure is an increase on the 408 cases recorded on Monday and 371 documented on Sunday, after 456 cases were recorded on Saturday.

Seven people are being treated in hospital for COVID-19, a drop from eight on Monday. One of the cases is in intensive care.

Three cases are in hospital for unrelated medical conditions, the state health department says.

There are 3033 active cases statewide, continuing a broad downward trend since a peak of 8764 on January 12.

Premier Peter Gutwein is expected to make an announcement this week on the future of the state’s check-in application.

It is mandatory for Tasmanians to check in at venues but virus hotspots haven’t been posted on the state’s coronavirus website for the best part of two months.

Twenty-three people with the virus have died in Tasmania since the beginning of the pandemic, with 10 of those occurring since borders reopened on December 15.

– AAP

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